'Here we go again' - but not yet: Months of roadworks to begin in September after 11th hour delay
PUBLISHED: 18:42 22 July 2019 | UPDATED: 18:42 22 July 2019
Months of work to replace gas mains on a busy city road, originally scheduled to begin next Monday, are now not set get under way until September.
Cadent was originally set to begin works to improve gas connectivity in the Plumstead Road area of Norwich on Monday, July 29, however, an 11th hour scheduling change has seen the works put off until the beginning of September.
The first phase of the works will see a 100m stretch of Plumstead Road from its junction with Heartsease Lane partially closed for three weeks, from Monday, September 9.
However, this closure - which will only affect the eastbound lane - is just the tip of the iceberg, with further works staggered over the coming months until January 2020.
It will see intermittent closures on sections of Plumstead Road, Lionwood Road and Hilary Avenue, along with the use of temporary traffic lights as the scheme progresses.
A spokesman for Cadent said: "The work involves diverting existing low pressure gas mains and replacing ageing medium pressure gas mains.
"This essential work will help ensure local residents keep on enjoying safe and reliable gas supplies until the dawn of the 22nd Century."
The spokesman added that Cadent had taken all measures to ensure the works cause minimum disruption to commuters, businesses and shops.
However, with the first phase being carried out close to a parade of shops off Plumstead Road, the works have come at the frustration of Anne Martin, proprietor of Great Eastern Models railway shop.
She said: "The first thing I thought when I found out was 'here we go again'. It feels like the road is constantly being dug up these days.
"I appreciate roadworks do need to be done, so we just have to get on with things - in 33 years we've never once asked for any compensation - but it is frustrating."
She added: "A lot of our customers are of the older generation so rely on either buses or lifts to get here.
"As we are a specialist business, we are a destination shop and we don't tend to get passing trade - our customers make specific journeys - so my fear is those who know about the roadworks may just not bother coming in."
Dates, diversions and bus routes
The first string of closures are as follows:
- September 29 to September 27: Plumstead Road, 100m west from Heartsease Lane (eastbound lane only)
- October 7 to October 21: Lionwood Road from Plumstead Road junction, 25m south
- October 21 to November 1: Hilary Avenue from Plumstead Road junction, 25m north
- October 21 to October 29: Lionwood Road from Plumstead Road junction, 25m south
Temporary traffic lights will be used at the following points
- October 7 until November 29: Plumstead Road/Lionwood Road junction
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- October 21 until November 29: Plumstead Road/Barrack Road junction
- October 21 until November 29: Kett's Hill near Whitwell Road junction
Diversions will be in place along the following roads:
- Parts of Plumstead Road
- Kett's Hill
- Gurney Road
- Heartsease Lane
- Lionwood Road
- Newbegin Road
- Wellesley Avenue North
- Hilary Avenye
- Lloyd Road
- Valley Side Road
- First Red Line services 23, 23A and 23B will be diverted via Hilary Avenue and Borrowdale Drive after Plumstead Road library, before resuming the normal route. These will also be single deck buses, due to low trees on Hilary Avenue.
- First Red Line services 24 and 24A will be diverted via Thorpe Road and Harvery Lane.
- All First buses towards the city centre that use Plumstead Road will follow normal routes.
- Konect service 33 will also be diverted via Hilary Avenue and Borrowdale Road onto Heartsease Lane.
- Buses from Harvey Lane towards Anglia Square will be unaffected.
The area is scheduled to be entirely clear of roadworks on or by January 3, 2020.